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Re: The Astroliner

Postby Atomic77 » Tue Jan 29, 2019 3:00 pm

I highly considered a conventional, but honestly we opted for the extra storage space rather than the bulk of a furnace. It just didn't seem reasonable for the size of our camper. I like our ceramic heater, just for the size and the 1000 W output, which kept me a cozy 69 degrees all night in -10 degree temps. As long as I have electricity that is. But even so, it still has to sit on a counter or on the floor, which doesn't seem like a big deal, but again, it's something taking up space. Thanks to you guys, I've been watching a lot of videos about the Diesel heaters, which I do say I would prefer a propane version. But as someone else stated, those draw a lot of amps. From the videos I've been watching, once they are running the amp draw is minimal and the fuel consumption is amazing. Unless you are running it for a week, I'm not sure how it would be a problem. I want solar panels someday anyway. Looks like there has been a lot of success with the units and for $159.99 with a muffler and digital controls on Amazon, I think it may be the one for me. Here's a question though... Does anyone know if you can change the digital controls from C to F? Also, does the thermostat kick the unit off and on, or just hold it at the temp you set it at, if that makes sense?
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Re: The Astroliner

Postby Atomic77 » Wed Jan 30, 2019 11:11 am

Looks like i'm going with this unit. It's $159.99 shipped. Has the LCD controller which I like because it shows glow plug, fan and fuel pump operation. The kit also has a muffler and an air filter plus a splitter so I can run two outlet locations. The only thing I see lacking is a remote, but not a big deal for me.

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Re: The Astroliner

Postby featherliteCT1 » Wed Jan 30, 2019 5:46 pm

I am anxious for you to purchase and install that Diesel heater ... so you can let us know how it works ... if it works good for you, I will order one too .. .hope you do't mind being the guinea pig! :D
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Re: The Astroliner

Postby Atomic77 » Wed Jan 30, 2019 6:04 pm

featherliteCT1 wrote:I am anxious for you to purchase and install that Diesel heater ... so you can let us know how it works ... if it works good for you, I will order one too .. .hope you do't mind being the guinea pig! :D
Isn't that just how it works?! Ha, oh well, I've watched hours of YouTube on them now and joined a FB group so I could research all I could. I've seen minor issues but over all they look pretty good! Stay tuned... The Astroliner is getting a heater.

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Re: The Astroliner

Postby featherliteCT1 » Wed Jan 30, 2019 6:07 pm

Could you please send me the link to the Diesel heater you are going to buy?
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Re: The Astroliner

Postby Atomic77 » Wed Jan 30, 2019 6:30 pm

featherliteCT1 wrote:Could you please send me the link to the Diesel heater you are going to buy?
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5KW 12V Diesel Air Heater 10L Tank Vent Caravan Motor-Homes Pipe LCD Thermostat Monitor + Silencer Bus Van https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07JB7QZWZ/re ... uCbPNJYS6V

There's 2KW, 5 and 8. I'm going for 5. There's also 12V and 24V. There's an analog control and a digital. Also some have breathers and mufflers and some don't. I think this is the one for me

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Re: The Astroliner

Postby featherliteCT1 » Wed Jan 30, 2019 6:44 pm

Thanks for the link!

I read somewhere that it is recommended to run the heater on high to minimize internal soot buildup … 5k btu= 1,465 watts and 2k btu= 486 watts … so I am debating about buying a 2k btu unit if I can find one.

I notice that the photo you posted and the link both show two mufflers … probably not correct.
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Re: The Astroliner

Postby Atomic77 » Wed Jan 30, 2019 6:47 pm

Not sure. But I saw someone who said they've run it a year with little to no soot build up by running it on high for the final 5 minutes of use.

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Re: The Astroliner

Postby featherliteCT1 » Wed Jan 30, 2019 6:51 pm

yes, I have seen statements about running on high from time to time like that myself. I think the Webasto site says to run on high before each shutdown. FYI, I notice that there is only one unit left at the link you posted.
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Re: The Astroliner

Postby Atomic77 » Wed Jan 30, 2019 6:53 pm

That's ok. They'll make more. Lol. I always feel like that's a marketing gimmick

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Re: The Astroliner

Postby featherliteCT1 » Wed Jan 30, 2019 6:56 pm

Do you plan on mounting your diesel unit inside or outside the cabin?
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Re: The Astroliner

Postby Atomic77 » Wed Jan 30, 2019 6:59 pm

featherliteCT1 wrote:Do you plan on mounting your diesel unit inside or outside the cabin?
Definitely inside. I have a compartment under the dinette that wasn't used all season. Also a ton of space under the bed. I'll just vent and exhaust out the floor. Still debating about the tank though. Not crazy about bringing fuel inside to fill. Maybe a 3gal boat fuel tank that can be quick disconnect to take outside to fill maybe. Still thinking on that

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Re: The Astroliner

Postby bdosborn » Wed Jan 30, 2019 7:50 pm

FWIW, mine is a 2kw and it's plenty big for me...

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Re: The Astroliner

Postby Atomic77 » Wed Jan 30, 2019 7:58 pm

bdosborn wrote:FWIW, mine is a 2kw and it's plenty big for me...

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What's your cubic ft? Ours is around 700

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Re: The Astroliner

Postby Projector » Thu Jan 31, 2019 9:58 am

Just popped in to say that I love, love, love what you have created here. Amazed at the time, dedication, planning, creativity, ingenuity and resources put into your build.
Love the Astroliner design and theme, retro kewl!
Rad, awesome and unique, to say the least.
Win, win, win!
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